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Free view of downtown

Cool to be able to get a great view of downtown for free from a funky looking tower. Thanks... read more

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Adelaide, Australia
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If you’re lucky enough to be able to get into the observation area views of Knoxville are... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2018
Knoxville, Tennessee
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool to be able to get a great view of downtown for free from a funky looking tower. Thanks Knoxville

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank O986
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy access with nearby parking, walkways and elevators to the observation deck. Entrance is free, with great views of K-ville and surrounding country. Nice art and information displays at observation deck. Must see in K-ville.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a private event at the sunsphere a few weeks ago at night. There were 400-500 people attending the event. One elevator broke and 911 had to be called. There was no one staffing the sunsphere besides caterers and a band, so no one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MasterP007
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

This is an icon of the 1972 World's Fair and is the centerpiece if the World's Fair Park. Take the free ride to the observation deck, where you have a great view of Knoxville.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Becky H
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

If you’re lucky enough to be able to get into the observation area views of Knoxville are incredible it’s an odd looking creature but it is a Knoxville landmark built for the 1982 worlds fair and also featured on the Simpsons as a wig shop

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank thetoddd
Reviewed 7 November 2018

The Sunsphere tower is great for family fun. during the summer you and the kids and cool off in the fountain. Just behind the fountain is a swing set for kids. The area has benches and a lush green lawn for the family picnic. Just...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mickeyMcall
Reviewed 30 October 2018

It's a beautiful looking tower in the middle of the city with full access during the day. You have to take an elevator to 4th level. There is a nice view of Knoxville. One bad thing is, that windows are very dirty, blocking the view....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank romanpiekosz
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This left-over iconic structure from the 1982 World’s Fair can be freely accessed during the day. It is located in the World’s Fair Park, near the Convention Center. An elevator to the 4th floor takes you to the lower part of the sphere, which is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank nedtraveler
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We took the elevator to the observation deck and as soon as we stepped off the alarm went off and we had to evacuate via the outside stairway. This was not fun, When we finally got to the bottom, the alarms stopped, but then a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank nancynj
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

It's a must see if you visit Knoxville as it is a big part of Knoxville. There is a viewing platform with history of the the sun sphere. Not good for those afraid of heights. Lovely views of downtown Knoxville,and it's a free. (P.S. there...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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14 March 2018|
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Response from wbk215 | Reviewed this property |
I just checked the Visitor's Center website. They say that Primo Ristorante Italiano 810 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 249-7321 is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm. I called the number... More
26 October 2015|
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Response from 533at | Reviewed this property |
Yes, to get inside it is free and the observation deck is also free. I believe there was a restaurant on one of the levels, which obviously would cost you, and you might have to pay for parking nearby to check this out, but... More
19 July 2015|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
April through October: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. November through March: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. the Sunsphere Observation Deck, 4th Level is open to the public. It offers a 360-degree view of the original 1982 World's Fair... More